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The year that was 2014- From Coastal Andhra Pradesh to Thailand, Rajasthan and God’s Own Country

What a  year it has been, starting with a wonderful trip to coastal Andhra Pradesh starting on 2nd of January, before it was bifurcated into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh giving India the 29th state. Suddenly there were so many new things to be discovered, new horizons to be covered and more miles to go. The visit to Machlipattnam in coastal AP was wonderful and I traveled with my friend and excellent photographer Ganesan P, one of his pictures clicked during the trip is appearing in an upcoming book by a prestigious museum in US about architecture of Deccan India. Way to go Ganesan.

Kekinin Mahal Machlipattnam

Kekini Mahal Machlipattnam is almost a 100 years old

Feb was spent exploring the city of Nizams from Golconda Fort to the surrounding lakes like Gandipet and Ameenpur.

In march I visited God’s Own Country as one of the participants of Kerala Blog Express and had a time of my life and met some of the best travel bloggers in the world.

Gorgeous Ms. Gregorio writes A World To Travel Blog

 

 

Nelson Carvalheiro in Kerala

Nelson is one of the top food bloggers in Europe.  Check the post about the Old Portuguese Church we found

 

Soon it was summer time and time to visit wildlife Sanctuaries and I visited Satpura National Park after winning a wildlife photography competition from Pugdundee Safaris and stayed at the Denwa Backwater Escape, that makes you realize the true meaning of Jungle main Mungle.

Mother Bear with cub Satpura National Park

Satpura is a great place to watch Sloth Bear

Denwa Backwaters Escape

Denwa Backwaters Escape by Pugdundee Safaris

 

I also visited one state that I have been on  my wish list for more than a decade – Odisha, though technically it was not my first visit to Odisha, I last visited for a very short duration when it was still called Orissa.

Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra Chariots

Chariots at Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra

A short trip to Bijapur in Karnataka opened my eyes to the other Deccan Sultanates  formed on splintering of the Bahmani Sultanate. You have read about Qutub Shahi Sultans here on desi Traveler  and in Bijapur it was the reign of Adil Shai Sultans. Can you name the other 3 Deccan Sultanates?  This picture you see below also appeared in my post on Better Photography magazine online edition along with another picture that I clicked in Bijapur though I think it is renamed to Vijaypur

 

August was another unforgettable trip – this time to the magical Spiti with Arun Bhat with ace photographer Arun Bhat who is co-founder of Darter Photography.

Sheep Spiti Valley

Sheep in Spiti Valley

 

 

Next came a magical visit to Rang Rangeelo Rajasthan first to Pushkar, then the fairy tale resort of Lakshman Sagar and then Dargah Shareef in Ajmer.

Swimming Pool Pushkar Resorts Rajasthan

Pushkar Resorts Rajasthan

I visited Jaipur and surrounding areas again in December with Arun Bhat. And what a visit it was and we discovered Rajasthan like never before from a village for Elephants to salt making at Sambhar lake. Watch desi Traveler in 2015 for more on these.

 

Lakshaman Sagar Heritage Resort Pali Rajasthan

Lakshman Sagar is straight out of a fairy tale

 

In between in November it was time to visit Amazing Thailand on invitation of Tat New Delhi and while I have written a few posts on my visit to Thailand most of them will appear in the coming year.  But there is so much we can learn about hospitality and tourism promotion from Thailand.

Beach in Koh Samui Thailand

A pristine beach in Koh Samui Thailand

Some time between Jaipur and Thailand I also visited the princely state of Bharatpur for a bird watching trip to Keoladeo National Park with Tarun Gaur of My Greedy Backpack. Last trip of 2014 was to  to Fort Cochin and I  walked and clicked pictures in the Fort Cochin area and Jew Town.

Chinese Fishing net Sunset Fort Cochin

Sunset Behind Chinese Fishing Net in Fort Cochin

The visit was sponsored by Nissan India on winning a blogging competition about safe driving. Once I came back I had the oppurtunity to meet Canadian travel blogger and Indophile, Mariellen Ward , once again with Tarun and we walked the inner circle of Connaught Place, clicked the largest national flag of India and chatted about blogging, travel and had some wonderful thali at Rajdhani followed by some tea at Cha Bar.

With this I come to end of my last blog post of 2014, one of the best years of my blogging and photography journey when I got printed in Wow Hyderabad, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express, Travel + Leisure, Dainik Jagaran and in a book by Kerala Tourism that has articles and pictures clicked by Kerala Blog Express Bloggers. While I have written many posts about Kerala, my post about What to shop in Kerala got printed in the book by Kerala Tourism, my two cents for the Kerala Economy 🙂

As I type this post I am getting confirmation from the winners of desi Calender 2015 contest about receipt of their calenders, and it seems they like it. Some folks have emailed or messaged me to know how they can get a copy of the calender. Guess what they may have to wait for desi Calender  2016 contest 🙂

 

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  12 Responses to “Guess where I traveled in 2014”

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  1. you seem to have had a great 2014 – wishing you more fun travels for this year too 🙂

  2. That was a wonderful year! May you have an even more electrifying 2015.

  3. What a wonderful post. I think you’ve had a beautiful year and I really hope 2015 is filled with more adventure and travel for you. Your pictures are beautiful and your posts are written with an ease I really enjoy. I’m so happy to have had the chance to meet you this year and I get even happier when someone talks about you and says oh he’s such an excellent blogger and I beam and say oh he is, he’s an even better friend 🙂 Good luck for the new year and I will def make a trip to come see you and explore Delhi with you 🙂

  4. That’s a wonderful year full of travel for you. The photographs as usual are to die for.
    We wish you and your family a very Happy and fun filled & fulfilled New Year. May you travel more.

    I am yet to write my wrap up for 2014. I do it in January.

  5. Wow! That’s fabulous, Prasad. Just loved all your journeys. You travel! Do you also travel with family or just solo or with a stray companion? Wish you many more exciting journeys in the New Year as well.

    • Thanks Rachana… I think I travel in all forms from backpacking to luxury depending on destination and the money available, plus I do travel solo, with family as well as for work. I just need an excuse to travel.. Have a great 2015

  6. I wish you to travel more in 2015, win more in the coming years, achieve more and get more fame. You are a wonderful person I have connected with in the year 2014 and hope will remain in touch with in future too. Have a blasting year end celebration and a happy new year 2015. 🙂

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